Another punishing workout from my trainer in the lead up to Christmas.

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Another punishing workout from my trainer in the lead up to Christmas.

When even the hard-ass girls I train with have a little grumble, you know it’s a tough workout. I was really enjoying this up ’til the third round of exercises with the burpees. Still, I have a Christmas party to go to tomorrow and after today, I feel like I’ve earned it.

Don’t forget to stretch afterwards and try to eat within half an hour of finishing. The girls in my group are huge fans of a 2 egg spinach omelette with a piece of whole grain toast.

If you’d like some demonstrations for the exercises click the links below.
Alternating Forward Lunges https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JRh6_4rq-b8
Burpees https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fWQrT6E3XX4
TRX Alternating T and Y https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iz-6mGus5jk
Medicine Ball Slams http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=huBClepn-jY
Sumo Squat https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9kiXid7pm6I
TRX Squat Row https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k7Z062Xmr9w
DB Push-Up Row https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vpB-ad8ezFE
TRX Backward / Reverse Lunges http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tn68JwtRWzQ
Iron Cross http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jiVbKEkWbI8
TRX Chest Press http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-vPgHzuRI7I

 

Work off your Christmas Party with this.

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Work off your Christmas Party with this.

My trainer Maree can be brutal at times. Today, 8 girls innocently turned up to their Friday workout, unaware of what lay ahead. The 100 Club.

It’s a club she makes us all join and consists of having to do 100 reps of 10 different exercises. Sometimes we’re allowed to do 5 sets of 20 reps of each exercise, but no such luck today. If we wanted a break/recovery at any stage we were allowed to do a shuttle run. I did a couple of shuttle runs during the thrusters, iron cross and burpees sets, though it was more like a shuttle stagger by the end.

Maree said she hoped it would make up for any sins we’d committed that week. I don’t see how it couldn’t, we were too exhausted to even speak to each other by the end of it.

Here are some demos if you’d like to join the club.
Shuttle Run http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B_u2eqjgdwk
High 5 with a friend https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RllVGQOiSLg
Squats http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EmI9x_5aFdc
Dead Lift http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Q_GnXm7LbI
Box Jumps http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hxldG9FX4j4
Medicine Ball Slams http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=huBClepn-jY
Full Sit Up http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NWAhptFi_ns
Thrusters http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z7ljnk8OS3M
Iron Cross http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jiVbKEkWbI8/watch?v=WJR3JTtmPTw
Alternating Lunges https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZCpu8IhLvBg
Burpees http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burpee_%28exercise%29

The Kiwi Christmas tree is up

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Pohutukawa no silver

On my Thursday morning walk along the waterfront, I spotted one of the first Pohutukawa trees to flower.

This Kiwi “Christmas tree” is loved for its crimson flower that only appears during the summer months. For me, the first flowers mark the beginning of the festive season and as I have about 3 parties in the next week it seems mother nature is right on time.